Earth. Art. Literature. Long standing, I have loved the natural world and its wonders, along with the arts. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, near the glacier covered North Cascade Mountains in Washington State. As a child, I was raised on soft pine-needled trails in forests of douglas fir and cedar and along the waters of the Salish Sea. And in elementary school I was chosen to attend the “Young Authors Conference” held yearly in Seattle.
I have lived, worked, and studied in West Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Adventure defines my life; as does my love of the unknown and the visual arts and literature. I have driven and explored the Pan-American Highway and the artistic wonders along the way; owned and traveled by camel in Niger, West Africa and spent time creating with local desert artists; researched and painted endangered plants in the Peruvian Amazon; rowed an open dory for 40 days amongst the little-known islands off the southern coast of Brazil where I started writing my first novel; and trekked in the Himalayas of Nepal which inspired yet another story line I am eager to explore.
It is no wonder I love and write fiction for it is yet another way to explore — to journey.
My current work-in-progress is an art-based historical novel, Cut From the Earth. It is a story of Portuguese tile and its surprising makers — The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 — and the wisdom of nature to guide and heal. I adore eighteenth century history spanning the globe, and I have a deep passion for art-related historical fiction. I was co-owner and a business writer for Airspeed Skateparks LLC for 10 years. I have written freelance for trade journals, and fiction for literary publications American Athenaeum and Lalitamba. I write features for the Historical Novel Society and Historical Novel Review.
Currently, I live along the southern coast of Brazil, beside patches of the once massive Atlantic Rain Forest, woodlands that used to run the length of the Brazilian coast. Today 5-7% of this great jungle, older than the Amazon, is still intact. Despite its reduced size and its listing as the second most endangered rain forest in the world, after Madagascar’s, the Brazilian Mata Atlantica can boast more indigenous tree species per hectare than any other forest in the world.
And this is where I write and create from.
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